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25th Anniversary: Cobra Commander (Hooded) First-Look

By Justin Bell and Terry Dizard

There is no doubt that the appearance and stature of COBRA Commander is one of the defining points of the G.I. Joe mythology. Throughout the last twenty-five years, the evil leader of COBRA has undergone many changes, but his two first versions remain the most distinctive.

Whether on the battle field in his light blue uniform and silver facemask, or sitting upon his throne in his deep royal blue and gold, COBRA Commander is immediately identified by his head gear. As soon as pictures were first revealed of the Anniversary items, and the Commander was in his battle helmet, it was pretty much a no-brainer that a hooded version would be right around the corner.

The first wave of Single Packs brings us this hooded COBRA Commander, and he has all of the trademarks of the most infamous leader of an international terrorist organization determined to rule the world. The single figure style cards are a wonderful nostalgic nod to a time long since passed for toys. The card art draws the feelings of vintage 1980s artwork while at the same time being all new. The figure bubble being attached to the right side of the card with the explosive artwork is just jaw-dropping, but what really sets the look on fire is the addition of chrome/foil for the card borders and the oh-so-famous G.I.Joe logo.

Along with the very traditional single figure card design, is the inclusion of a peach colored file card, in all of its very 80s retro glory. Above the file card is the inclusion of the artwork for the other four figures for this first wave of single carded figures, as well as the artwork silhouettes for the up and coming assortments.

COBRA Commander features a deep, rich, dark blue that is an exact match for the blue uniform of the original hooded COBRA Commander who first appeared in 1984. The gold trim is the same familiar gold trim that this more ceremonial COBRA Commander has worn since he first appeared in mailboxes all over the country twenty-three years ago.

Like Scarlett, it is a bit unfair to compare this figure to our favorite vintage Real American Hero figures, as they are totally different concepts in both style and design. The original mail order Commander holds a close place in our hearts, as he should, and this figure is a fantastic tribute to that version. Exact matching colors, an incredibly well-detailed uniform, and the large amount of articulation we've grown to expect from these action figures, the Hooded COBRA Commander is the perfect leader for your modern COBRA Troopers. COBRA Commander's construction and design is unique in that his right hand is perfectly sculpted to hold his Venom Laser Pistol and the left hand is sculpted into a closed, angry fist. The articulation of COBRA Commander includes double-jointed knees, t-hook legs, ball ankle joints, ball joint elbows, ball joint shoulders, swivel wrists, ball jointed torso and a ball jointed head. The same tooling, with the exception of the head/hood, is also used on the 5-pack COBRA Commander, of whom we will review later in the week.

He is at once a rush of nostalgia, and a doorway to the next generation of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. COOBRAAAA!!!!

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06/13/07

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